Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Public Service Announcement: UN-SPIDER Team Survey Request

Please find below a survey participation request from the UN-SPIDER Team. The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete:
Dear Colleagues,

How beneficial are geo-information products for disaster and risk management? Assessing the operational as well as strategic impact of geoinformation (e.g. risk maps, early warning, damage maps) is a central question in this context. It can only be solved by integrating the knowledge and experience of end-users involved in emergency response, disaster preparedness or  risk reduction activities, on an operational or strategic level.
In the context of the VALID (Value of Geo-Information for Disaster and Risk Management) project, the project team has issued a survey which is online on We invite you to share with us your opinion on up to ten geo-information products that have been shortlisted in a previous user survey. If you wish to give your opinion in this user appraisal, kindly do so until 11 April 2013. 
VALID is an ongoing project jointly carried out by UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER and the Joint Board of Geospatial InformationSocieties (JB GIS). The objective of VALID is to produce a publication to give evidence of the benefits which can be realized by applying geoinformation to disaster and risk management.
If you have any questions about the VALID project and the user appraisal, feel free to get in touch with Dr. Robert Backhaus (
Please feel free to share this call for participation with your colleagues as well.
Kind regards, 
The UN-SPIDER team

Comment: OK, they ask the same question more than a few times - but you can handle it.  And, your submission will help bring better geospatial products to the realm of Emergency Preparedness and Response around the world. Please help them out. Thanks!

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